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Macedonia 02.10.22 | 19:58

Radev reminds Pendarovski that Macedonia will begin EU accession talks only after it meets all Bulgarian demands

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev told his Macedonian counterpart Stevo Pendarovski that the country needs to meet all Bulgarian demands before it will be able to formally open its EU accession talks. Bulgaria wants major changes to the Macedonian historic and national founding narrative, to make them...

Macedonia 01.10.22 | 19:32

I don’t want to discuss history, Pendarovski tells Radev during the Bulgaria – Greece gas link opening ceremony

President Stevo Pendarovski attended the opening ceremony of the gas interconnector between Bulgaria and Greece that took place in Sofia. Macedonia is hoping that this link may help provide much needed gas supplies in the coming winter, as its only import pipeline for Russian gas goes through Bulgaria....

Macedonia 20.05.22 | 21:44

Ivanov: Radev thinks we are that stupid to accept their demands

Journalist Zoran Ivanov, who was fired from the board of the state MIA news agency after his insults aimed at former Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva, is at it again. This time the focus of his criticism is Bulgarian President Rumen Radev, who is one of the most hard-line politicians on...

Macedonia 09.05.22 | 12:15

Radev: Bulgaria was under strong pressure over Macedonia, but we endured

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev said that the country was under strong international pressure to relent in the dispute with Macedonia, but that it endured. I think that I and the interim Government explained our reasons and positions well and they were accepted. We are talking about human rights and...

Macedonia 05.05.22 | 09:41

Bulgaria wants Macedonia to amend its Constitution before the EU accession talks begin

In his remarks at the conference held in Sofia yesterday, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev said that his country wants all open issues with Macedonia to be resolved before it will allow the opening of EU accession talks. Bulgaria remains on the position that it wants the disputed political issues with...

Macedonia 03.05.22 | 13:48

Bulgarian Academy moderated the event it plans on Goce Delcev, after President Radev used it to push his nationalist agenda

Ahead of the planned conference on Goce Delcev in Sofia, that will take place tomorrow, the organizers from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences BAN have moderated the invitation. The conference was initially announced by hardline President Rumen Radev as an even dedicated to the “Apostle of Macedonian...

Macedonia 13.04.22 | 16:26

Bulgarian President Radev supports separating Macedonia and Albania from the EU enlargement group

Bulgarian Prime Minister Rumen Radev said that his country will allow Albania to open its EU accession talks but remains a “no” on Macedonia. Radev said that Macedonia still has not implemented the demands from the Bulgarian package named 4+1 and blamed the Zaev and Kovacevski governments...

Macedonia 06.04.22 | 13:01

Bulgaria plans to speed up the issuing of dual passports in Macedonia and other countries in the region

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev convened a meeting of top Government officials to put forward a new policy on issuing passports to ethnic Bulgarian abroad. Under this policy, during the previous administrations, Bulgaria has issued between 80 and 120 thousand passports to Macedonian citizens, as well...

Macedonia 05.04.22 | 13:17

Bulgarian President Radev pledges no veto policy for Albania, but remains tough on Macedonia

During a meeting with Albanian President Ilir Meta, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev said that his country unconditionally supports the opening of EU accession talks with Albania. Radev left out Macedonia from his remarks, indicating that the still wants the veto against Macedonia to remain in place....

Macedonia 31.03.22 | 17:32

Bulgarian President Radev says that the census shows that Bulgarians in Macedonia live in fear

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev met with EU Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi to discuss the relations with Macedonia after the census, that showed only 3,500 Bulgarians in Macedonia. This is a major problem for Bulgaria, which wanted to see the number reflect the over 80,000 dual citizenships...

Macedonia 22.02.22 | 13:11

During a meeting with Bulgarian representatives, President Radev repeats his demand for constitutional amendments in Macedonia

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev had another meeting with representatives of ethnic Bulgarians from Macedonia, and again underlined his demand that Macedonia includes them in its Constitution. It’s a second such meeting Radev held in months and it included representatives from cultural organizations...

Macedonia 04.02.22 | 21:23

As President Radev declared Goce Delcev to be an “old Bulgarian revolutionary”, Prime Minister Petkov asked that his legacy is not used to divide Macedonians and Bulgarians

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev honored Goce Delcev as “an old Bulgarian revolutionary who planted the flag for liberation of the Macedonian soil”. Radev and Prime Minister Nikola Petkov attended a gathering in Blagoevgrad, in the province of Pirin Macedonia, which was one of the centers...

Macedonia 02.02.22 | 21:37

President Radev told UK envoy Peach that Macedonia must make concessions on minority rights and hate speech issues

The newly appointed British envoy to the Balkans Sir Stuart Peach spoke on the phone with Bulgarian President Rumen Radev, who is shaping up to be the key hardliner in Sofia who blocks the opening of EU accession talks with Macedonia. Peach was previously in Skopje, for meetings with the state leadership...

Macedonia 01.02.22 | 21:18

OMO “Ilinden” – Pirin to President Radev: We are not separatists

OMO “Ilinden” – Pirin, the leading association of Macedonians in Bulgaria, responded to President Rumen Radev, who labeled them as “separatists”. Radev reacted angrily after President Pendarovski met with representatives from this and other organizations that represent ethnic Macedonians...

Macedonia 01.02.22 | 18:45

President Radev wants to turn a new leaf after Pendarovski met with Macedonians from Bulgaria

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev is reconsidering whether to meet with his Macedonian counterpart Stevo Pendarovski, after Pendarovski met with representatives of Macedonians from Bulgaria. Radev was widely expected to come to Skopje, on the back of the two meetings between prime ministers Kovacevski...

Macedonia 20.01.22 | 17:18

President Radev insists that Bulgaria does not engage in double standards as it demands minority rights in Macedonia while denying them at home

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev dismissed accusations from Macedonia that his country demands a privileged position for the ethnic Bulgarians in Macedonia, while completely denying even the existence of the ethnic Macedonians in Bulgaria. This lack of reciprocity in the dispute between the two countries...

Macedonia 20.12.21 | 17:29

Bulgaria and Greece discussed how to impose their demands on Macedonia through the EU accession process

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev asked Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to have a joint push to include both the Prespa Treaty and the 2017 Zaev – Borisov Treaty into Macedonia’s EU accession process. While Greece is broadly satisfied with the implementation of the Prespa Treaty, which...

Macedonia 17.12.21 | 12:56

Macedonians in Bulgaria also wanted to be named in the Constitution

In response tothe demand from Bulgaria that Macedonia amends its Constitution and lists the Bulgarians in the Preamble, a group of Macedonians in Bulgaria issue the same demand. Stojko Stojkov, from the OMO Ilinden – Pirin party, that faces numerous problems just trying to function in Bulgaria,...

Macedonia 17.12.21 | 09:12

Bulgarian President Radev tells Macedonia that it must change its Constitution

In an interview with Euractiv, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev said that Maceodnia will have to amend its Constitution and include the Bulgarians, along the other ethnic groups in the country. It is one word, Radev told the Bulgarian Euractiv editor Georgi Gotev, while explaining the decision to maintain...

News 03.12.21 | 13:52

President Radev blames Macedonian institutions of spreading hatred against Bulgaria

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev accused Macedonian public institutions of spreading hatered toward Bulgarians. During his meetings in Strasbourg with the Presidents of Germany and France, Steinmeier and Macron, Radev said hat “our south-western neighbor should show Euroepan maturity and respect...

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